Female Transgressive Writers of all time (Part 9)

  1. Lois Duncan

  2. Tanya Thompson

  3. Tarryn Fisher

  4. Natalie Young

  5. Marion Stein

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Yet again, 5 fantastic female authors whose style or books (at least some of them) can be categorized under transgressive fiction. Let's learn more about Lois Duncan, Tanya Thompson, Tarryn Fisher, and Natalie Young, and Marion Stein.

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Lois Duncan

(April 28, 1934 – June 15, 2016)

Lois Duncan was an American writer, novelist, poet, and journalist best known for her young-adult novels, and has been credited by historians as a pioneering figure in the development of young-adult fiction, particularly in the genres of horror, thriller, and suspense. (source) Duncan began writing at a young age, publishing two early novels under the pen name Lois Kerry. Several of her novels, including Hotel for Dogs (1971), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1973), Summer of Fear (1976), and the controversial Killing Mr. Griffin (1978), have been adapted into films. Her book is listed in top transgressive fiction in Goodreads and I categorize some of them under this genre as well. Her books are scary yet mostly, as they're written for young adults, are not contaminated with sex and gore.

In this regard, Killing Mr. Griffin that was banned from some California schools in the 1980s and challenged in numerous others is why I categorize it under transgressive fiction. It has been banned and challenged for having themes of violence, murder, drinking, drugs, lying to authority, peer pressure, and smoking. Still, according to the American Library Association, Killing Mr. Griffin was the 25th on the most challenged book between 2000-2009.

“Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ.”
― Lois Duncan

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Tanya Thompson

On her Goodreads, Tanya Thompson describes herself as "a mischievous criminal with a penchant for charming my way into trouble and then out of arrest." She writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her book Red Russia is sensual, comedic, and unapologetically transgressive. I use the term vast because the work pulls together classical ideas like philosophy and literature, and then, like alchemy gone mad, it mixes them with popular cultures such as games and social media. In Red Russia, the characters include an American businessman and his fortune-telling fiancee, many Russian gangsters, and a few government agents. The characters are unique with strong voices to define their differences. The plot is fast and funny, and the sheer number of topics this work covers will boggle your mind.

“The birth of a legend is the death of a hero. Every man wishes to die a hero. A hero’s death is glorious!”
― Tanya Thompson, Red Russia

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Tarryn Fisher

Tarryn Fisher is a South African-born novelist based in Seattle, Washington, United States. On her Twitter, she describes herself as a "Writer. Reader. Liar. New York Times bestselling author. Likes the color of your blood." Her thriller, The Wrong Family is the perfect book for readers when one shocking plot twist is not nearly enough. (source) She writes primarily in the romance, thriller, and new adult genres, and is best known for her New York Times best-selling novels The Wives and The Wrong Family. My favorite book of Fisher is Bad Mommy. The genre is a thriller but you can see Transgressive elements in all of her books.


Bad Mommy which is now named I CAN BE A BETTER YOU, is a life ruiner. Yes! That's true. After you read this book you won't be able to move on from this masterpiece questioning yourself are the people in your life genuine, or are they all wearing masks?

This psychological thriller fuck you mentally. Her extraordinary writing captures you into a crazy cocoon and won't let you go until the end. It's a great example of a novel that’ll mess with your emotions. However, I believe the best example of Transgressive Fiction written by her is The Opportunist.